The Life and Crimes of John Ward
By (author) Greg Bak
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Barbary Pirate by Greg Bak
Book DescriptionThe first fifty years of John Ward's life were those of an ordinary seaman. But, in 1603, he celebrated his half-century by leading a mass desertion from the Navy of James I, stealing a vessel, and defecting to the Ottoman Empire's outpost at Tunis. There he set himself up as a privateer under the protection of the Pasha of Tunis; rejuvenating the Muslim Barbary Corsairs and leading them in successful attacks against Christian shipping. Wealthy as a lord, Ward purchased a palatial mansion and set up a mock court in which he presided over a scruffy band of English and European renegades, issuing decrees and receiving obeisance like a king. But Ward secretly wanted to go home and began negotiations for a pardon with King James I. He failed. Ward was infamous in Europe - regarded as a Judas to his country - and his conversion to Islam towards the end of his life was the ultimate scandal yet this compelling story reveals a man whose rejection of conventional morality led to power, wealth, and a happy retirement.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780750943505
(234mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 9-Dec-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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In 1603 John Ward led a mass desertion from the English navy, stole a ship and defected to the Ottoman Empire's outpost at Tunis. Was John Ward a traitor, or did England betray him? This title charts treacherous waters of personal honour and national aspiration, even while recounting the daring exploits and seaborne battles that secured his fame.
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Author Biography - Greg Bak
Greg Bak is an Information Specialist for the Canadian Coordinating Office for Health Technology Assessment. He previously worked as Curator and Librarian at the Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies. He lives in Ottawa, Canada.
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